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Rivertowns Square Hears More Local Concerns

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – As developers continued to break down and discuss Rivertowns Square at the third public hearing in Dobbs Ferry, many residents were still quite vocal about being against the project.

With concerns over potential issues such as increased traffic, Nancy Longworth, a Dobbs Ferry resident for 38 years, took to protesting the project.

This development “cannot be done without affecting the safety of my three children,” she said in regards to safety concerns due to extra traffic. “The life of my children is more important than this beautiful project.”

Many residents took advantage of the public comments period and reiterated that they feel the size of the project is simply too large. Some locals were upset with the way the decision making has been handled thus far.

“This is one of the most selfish parts of the development,” said Ardsley resident Russell Alonzo. “That one village, Dobbs Ferry, gets all the say in the project and another, Ardsley, gets none.”

George Holt, a member of the Ardsley School District, addressed several potential issues with Rivertowns Square, but said even potential changes to the project must be done carefully.

“Any changes to the plan need to be balanced,” he said. “From a purely school district standpoint, the commercial development for Ardsley is good we recognize that, but at the same time if the commercial piece of this is scaled down it’s important that the residential component is scaled down in a balanced way such that it’ll still be looked upon as a positive impact.”

Ed Plotkin, chairperson of the Dobbs Ferry Planning Board, reminded residents that comments and questions were still being compiled to send to the developers.

“Everyone should understand that the applicant has to answer each one of these comments or questions,” he said of the project’s next step.

The planning board will have a meeting Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. in Village Hall to go over this list of comments and questions that it has compiled for developers.

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